Video from last night: Things are looking a bit less disheartening today. I gave Loki subcutaneous fluids, which the vet suggested I do but I’ve been putting off for fear of stressing him… only to have him accept it calmly for a few minutes. He didn’t get as much as I’d like, but every bit will help reduce the strain on his kidneys and should make him feel better. A little food at a time, and I think he’ll be all right. Divided responsibilities are tough. Original post blogged on b2evolution.
I’m a bit behind, Loki’s had more of my attention tonight, while I’ve been trying to keep him from suffering because of Eva’s presence. Sorry, I never even got back here last night to post the video, I’ll add it below. Eva is now 5.8 oz, continuing her trend of 0.3 to 0.4 oz gain every day. She’s still voraciously hungry at the beginning of each feeding, but is also enjoying the social contact more visibly now. Her eyes are still in the process of opening, and the muscles around them are visibly twitching and moving, trying to get them…
And to think, when I started this, I was worried there’d be days I’d have nothing to say except, “still eating, still peeing, still sleeping.” Today, Eva was one week old! She weighed in at 5.1 ounces, so she’s still growing like crazy. Her umbilical cord fell off, leaving just a tiny nub where there used to be a centimetre of dried cord. There are traces of tears (I think?) at the inner corners of her eyes, and given the timing, I’m thinking that means her eyes are going to be opening very soon, right on schedule! We’ve stopped using…
Eva gained another quarter of an ounce, up to 4.25 oz (4.3 oz after she ate!). By my math, that’s the equivalent of a 100 pound person gaining 6.25 pounds in 24 hours. We’re very gradually increasing the amount of milk she gets at each feeding, and after yelling briefly when the milk is gone, she settles right down to sleep when she’s back in her bed. I’d be happier with a little more by way of bowel movements, but she’s urinating at every feeding, her abdomen doesn’t feel distended (except right after a meal! ) and she shows no…
Have fun watching the little cutie, and please try to ignore the less-cute human (me) in the background. LOL Oh, and feel free to leave comments or vote on YouTube too, if you like. Maybe Eva will get seen by even more people — and the more who see her, the better her chances of getting an awesome forever home! (Maybe people out of Eva’s reach might even decide to foster, or to adopt from a shelter? Who knows?) Click on the videos to go to the pages of the individual videos on YouTube. Original post blogged on b2evolution.
The sad news is… the little boy, who was the smaller and weaker of the two, died sometime between 5 and 7 am this morning. He was curled up next to his sister, in their cozy heated nest. Other than needing to be coaxed into eating, and being more inclined to sleep, he showed no signs of distress or discomfort. It looks like he simply fell asleep and that was it. Not even 72 hours in this world. Yes, I cried… of course I did, even though he was only in our care for about half his tiny life. I…
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